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Title [South Beach bathing party]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date September 15, 1886
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A group of men, women, and children in bathing suits sit on the sand in South Beach, Staten Island; a large black dog sits in the center of the group. Alice Austen kneels in the back row on the right; her friend Julia Marsh is seated at far left. In the background is a small wooden building with sign "BATHING." The cable that Alice used to release the shutter on her camera and take the picture is visible in the sand in the right foreground.
(Keywords: New York)
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History South Beach, Staten Island, was a popular seaside resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In the book "Alice's World," Ann Novotny identifies the man in the center rear as Alice's cousin Theodore Townsend.
Exhibit Label Heading Negative, Glass-plate
Exhibit Label Text [South Beach bathing party]
Exhibit Label Text Original glass plate negative. Group of men, women, and children in bathing suits sitting on a beach. Alice kneels in the back row on the right; Julia Marsh is seated at far left. In the background are several small buildings. Found in SIHS envelope (stored in box 230) with typed inscription: "D-79 Old no. 80 / GROUP OF BATHERS SITTING / ON THE SAND. / SOUTH BEACH. / SEPTEMBER 15, 1886." ***see People field***
Pictured in Novotny, p.77, with caption: "Alice (at rear right) squeezes the end of her cable release and the shutter clicks to capture a South Beach bathing party on September 15, 1886. In the group are Julia Marsh (far left) and Alice's cousin Theodore Townsend (center rear)".
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Friendship
Beaches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Lord, Julia (Marsh)
Townsend, Theodore Irving
Catalog Number 50.015.6638
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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